The Town of Huntington continues to expand Gateway Park in Huntington Station. The town board recently approved a $62,500 contract to purchase a 0.25-acre property next to the park on the south side of Academy Place.
The parcel is being sold by Mount Calvary Ministries of Huntington Inc. The measure was approved unanimously at a recent town board meeting.
The park, at New York and Lowndes avenues, has been in the making since 2003. It includes former state, county and town parcels as well as recently acquired private parcels.
“The Town has spent some time acquiring the parcels that will form Gateway Park and can now start looking at a conceptual plan for its development as an integral part of Huntington Station’s revitalization,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in an email.
Town officials closed June 21 on the $270,000 purchase of 12 Academy Pl., which includes a farmhouse. The park is also home to a community garden, at New York and Lowndes avenues. “The community garden there has become a popular and much appreciated addition that must be considered for inclusion” in the final development plan, Petrone said.
The purchase price of the latest parcel will be paid from the Town Environmental Open Space and Park Improvement Fund.